While this world is ever changing and shifting, we serve a wonderful God Who is steadfast and constant in everything! Scripture is the ultimate reminder of God’s steadfast character and how we, too, can have an unwavering faith. Discover what it means to be steadfast in the Bible and marvel at the faithful love of Christ.
He shows up when He promises, answers when we call and is always on time in every way. In a world where nothing is constant, knowing our Heavenly Father is always there for us gives us something to lean on, and a foundation we can build our lives around.
What Does Steadfast in the Bible Mean?
The word steadfast means resolutely or dutifully firm and unwavering.
When we read it in the Bible, it usually refers to someone who is faithful and loyal. Something that is steadfast never moves or changes.
Not many things are truly steadfast in this life. We have seen over the last few years how everything we know can change, and life can be uprooted in just a few days.
Life can feel like a little boat that’s drifting out in the ocean, and we have no control. We need a solid place to anchor our souls. One thing that will never change or move.
Hebrews 6:19 says, “Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which entereth into that within the veil;” Who or what is this verse talking about?
Christ Jesus is the never-changing Rock on which we can put our faith. He is our steadfast anchor of the soul. A safe harbor in the storms of life.
Examples of Steadfast in the Bible
Our human nature is not naturally steadfast.
However, God wants us to serve Him faithfully, and that requires us to work to develop a steadfast faith. God has filled the Bible with examples we can follow to develop this elusive trait of steadfastness.
God is the ultimate example of steadfastness in the Bible. Psalm 136 reminds us of the steadfast love of God. This agape love is pure, steadfast, and unwavering. He faithfully loves, guides, protects, and comforts His children.
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever. Give thanks to the God of gods, for his steadfast love endures forever. Psalm 136:1
God is faithful to keep His promises and provides the hope of eternity spent in His perfect presence.
Jesus is another powerful example of steadfastness in the Bible.
Hebrews 12:2 says, “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
Jesus looked into the future and saw that pain and suffering waited for Him on the cross, but He endured the suffering for us. He was steadfast in His love for His Father and desired to do God’s will, even when it cost Him His life.
God told Noah to build a boat even though the earth had never seen rain. It took Noah 120 years to build the Ark. Even though people made fun of him, he was steadfast and faithful to God’s calling.
Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego
The children of Israel were taken captive and carried away from their homeland. When they were offered the king’s meat, they refused. These young men had determined in their hearts to follow their beliefs even when they were far from home and family.
Ruth was a Moabite widow who had no knowledge of the true God until she met Naomi and her family. When she learned of God, she became determined to follow Him. Her words of promise to her mother-in-law are some of the most beautiful words of faithfulness and steadfastness in the Bible.
Ruth 1:16-17- And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God: Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried: the Lord do so to me, and more also, if ought but death part thee and me.
Often referred to as the weeping prophet, Jeremiah had a heart for the people of God. However, they scorned him, ignored his prophecies, end even threw him into a dry well. After he had spent many days in the well, they pulled him up and asked him if he would change his message of God’s judgment, but he refused. He remained steadfast and true to God’s call even when it cost him everything.
Paul faced much persecution in his ministry. He was chased, beaten arrested, and stoned. Eventually, he was thrown into prison. He was steadfast to do the Lord’s work even from a jail cell. Many of the New Testament books were written while Paul was under house arrest in Rome. He is a powerful example how to live with bold, unwavering faith despite times of suffering.
20 Steadfast Bible Verses
Develop your own faith and grow stronger in the Lord with these encouraging Bible verses about being steadfast.
Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.
1 Corinthians 15:58
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.
Who, when he came, and had seen the grace of God, was glad, and exhorted them all, that with purpose of heart they would cleave unto the Lord.
2 Peter 3:17
Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own steadfastness.
And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
For though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, joying and beholding your order, and the steadfastness of your faith in Christ.
Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.
2 Peter 1:8
For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
And might not be as their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation; a generation that set not their heart aright, and whose spirit was not steadfast with God.
Cultivate a steadfast faith by clinging to Scripture for strength and endurance. Use these Scripture Over Stress Scripture Prayer cards to renew your mind with truth all day long.
These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren.
He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the Lord.
Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;
1 Peter 5:10
But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.
For then shalt thou lift up thy face without spot; yea, thou shalt be steadfast, and shalt not fear:
I make a decree, That in every dominion of my kingdom men tremble and fear before the God of Daniel: for he is the living God, and steadfast for ever, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed, and his dominion shall be even unto the end.
And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.
2 Corinthians 1:7
And our hope of you is steadfast, knowing, that as ye are partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation.
For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast unto the end;
1 Peter 5:6-10
Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.
A Woman with Steadfast Faith…
So now that we’ve learned what it means to be steadfast in the Bible, how do we put these truths into action and cultivate a steadfast faith of our own?
Has a personal relationship with God
Before you can have a strong, steadfast faith, be sure you have a personal relationship with God. Being a child of God isn’t about anything you’ve done or could ever do.
Instead, it’s about believing that Jesus Christ died on the cross for you, and faith in Jesus is the only way to spend eternity with God. (Are you not sure if you have personal relationship with Jesus? No worries! This will explain everything).
Believes God keeps His promises
God is faithful to keep His promises! Woven throughout Scripture is a beautiful picture of God’s faithfulness to His children. Whether you’re battling stress and worry, depression and anxiety, wrestling with failure (or insert your greatest struggle), the Lord journeys with you.
Trust God’s promises of peace, hope, comfort, and joy can overcome whatever obstacle you’re facing.
Knows where her identity lies
As a child of God, your identity doesn’t lie in your own abilities or strength. The moment you invite Jesus to be Lord and Savior of your life, you are a new creation in Christ. You are no longer a slave to the strongholds that keep you stuck.
When you remember that you’re daughter of the King, it keeps you rooted and grounded in what God says about you. You can remember that you are free in Christ and can release your guilt and shame at the foot of the cross.
Relies on God
Growing a steadfast faith means you make a habit of relying on God and following God’s plan for your life. While it can be unsettling to follow God when you don’t know where He’s leading, a woman with steadfast faith trusts God, even when you don’t fully understand His plan.
Obeys God’s commands
While it’s important to know Scripture, it’s not enough simply to hear the Word and keep it separate from the rest of your life.
James 1:22 reminds us that we are to live faith in action and be obedient to God’s commands. But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
A woman with steadfast faith longs to honor God with her life and seeks to walk in obedience, even when it’s not popular or is counter-culture.
Stands firm against spiritual warfare
While fleeing from temptation may not be easy, Scripture reminds us in Ephesians 6:10-18 that it is possible to overcome temptation by standing firm and putting on the whole armor of God.
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. Ephesians 6:10
A believer with a steadfast faith understands that the temptation they face is no match for the power of God. He has already overcome the darkness and the victory of Christ is no match for the struggles you face!
Simple Ways to Cultivate a Steadfast Faith
The book of James tells us that we will have trials of various kinds in our Christian life. However, you can have perfect peace even through the testing of your faith.
Here are a few simple ways you can build a concrete faith to help you remain steadfast to the will of God.
Read the Bible Faithfully
God’s Word is powerful, and it offers us the strength we need to fight the battles of this life. God’s steadfast love for us is evident in the pages of the Bible.
Ephesians 6 tells us to “put on the whole armor of God” so that we can stand against false teachings, a world of lies, and the attacks of Satan. God’s Word is the source of our steadfast faith.
Cultivating a quiet time with God helps you understand His steadfast character and get to know the heart of your Creator.
Psst… this ultimate guide to Bible study for beginners is the perfect place to start reading the Bible if you never have before.
Biblical wisdom tells us that we need one another. Ecclesiastes 2:9-10 says, “Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up.
Surround yourself with people who are also determined to follow God and live faithfully for Him. Christian mentors can spur you on to follow God and live for God in all areas of your life.
Remind Yourself of the Steadfast Love of the Lord
Sometimes we fail as humans but the Lord God of Heaven never stops loving us. When you feel as if you’ve really messed up, you can rest in knowing that you don’t depend on yourself for strength.
Titus 3:5 says, “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;”
Salvation is a gift of God, and not of your own doing. After He saved you, He did not leave you alone.
He will give you the strength you need to be steadfast and faithful to Him in all seasons of life.
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